Happy Friday all!
apologies for getting this posted much later than I wish I had, my allergies are killing me and they are really affecting my eyes! Itchy and watery and there is now a fire nearby making it even worse oh the joys of summer! But I digress…
Thrilled to be part of the blog blitz for this book about the darker side of motherhood. Many thanks to Sarah for the invitation and to Pamela Crane for this intriguing book!💕
What causes a woman to murder her whole family?
Jo’s idyllic life would make most people jealous. Until one day her daughter is abducted and the only way to find her is to unravel her dark past.
Ellie is a devoted wife… until she discovers the pain of betrayal. Now vengeance is all she can think about.
Party-girl Shayla knows how to hide her demons. But when she’s confronted with a life-shattering choice, it will cost her everything.
June knows suffering intimately, though the smile she wears keeps it hidden.
Soon the lives of these four women intersect and one of them is about to snap…
From USA TODAY best-selling author Pamela Crane comes “a thought-provoking domestic noir novel perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty and B.A. Paris … A chilling look at the secrets mothers will hide for the sake of their families, and the gruesome reality of what can break an everyday woman.”
4 Pretty Ugly Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟
This book takes a dark, real, and raw look at motherhood… I want to start off by saying I thought this was a really good book… it was very readable… probably too relatable, maybe hit a little close to home at times…. it was also a quick and compelling read filled with extremely well developed characters…. my only issue with this book is the characters themselves, I will go on a mini rant about that at the end of my review, LOL
The book starts out with a bloody murder scene, a mother has snapped and murdered her entire family…. we are then introduce to four different mothers with plenty of dirty laundry both literally and figuratively… some of these mothers I found more likable and more relatable than others… Jo was probably the most sympathetic character for me, I mean how can you not feel for a mother whose child has gone missing? Dark secret or no dark secret this is every mother‘s worst nightmare…. The rest of these mothers rub me the wrong way and I will address that more later…. but you do not need to like the characters in a book to like the book and I thought this book was really well done… I loved trying to figure out who snapped and I really thought it could possibly be each of these mothers at some point during the book…. this was a fast paced Book, that kept me turning those pages…. I enjoyed knowing the outcome while reading the book it really made the amateur detective and amateur psychologist in me happy….
Strongly encourage you to pick up this book it was a real look at the darker side of motherhood, filled with secrets and plenty of twists….
* warning rent ahead*
* The mothers in this book seriously frustrated me with the exception of Jo…. now I do understand motherhood is hard I have three kids and my first two are only 13 months apart, I get it! I also suffered from postpartum depression after my second child was born, so I get that as well! BUT these women did not seem to have any love towards their children… these are women who chose to have children, who are living in a upper-class neighborhood by choice, and they just could not seem to see the forest for the trees…. and the expectation that your young children are going to shower you with love and appreciate you is insane! Seriously I don’t think I truly appreciated my parents until I had children myself…. I just ultimately had a hard time with these women whining about their almost perfect lives and blaming their children for what was wrong with them…. they all clearly needed a friend like me to smack them back into reality! LOL I think it says something about the amazing writing and character development in this book to have evoked such strong emotions in me!
* *** many thanks to Bloodhound Books for my copy of this book ***
Meet Pamela Crane
Pamela Crane is a professional juggler. Not the type of juggler who can toss flaming torches in the air, but a juggler of four kids, a writing addiction, a horse rescuer, and a book editor by trade. She lives on the edge (ask her Arabian horse about that—he’ll tell you all about their wild adventures while trying to train him) and she writes on the edge. Writing murder mysteries is her escape from the real world of dirty diapers and cleaning horse stalls, and she bases her characters on real people, so be warned! She is a USA Today best-selling author of several award-winning thrillers, which you can find on her website at www.pamelacrane.com.